House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Donald Trump's debate performance, saying he showed he can "go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton."
Ryan said Trump "gave a unique Donald Trump response to the status quo... I think he passed a number of thresholds."
The Wisconsin Republican refused to comment on Trump's attacks Tuesday morning on a Miss Universe contestant over her weight gain. He said he hadn't seen Trump's remarks.
Despite Ryan's positive spin, some other House Republicans voiced some disappointment over Trump's performance. Some said there were missed opportunities to attack Clinton over her family foundation and other issues that didn't come up in the debate.
Congressman Bill Flores of Texas says Trump "wasn't quite as consistent as I would've liked him to have been."